14 Jun 2018
12:21 pm

A cargo ship sank off Sichang Island while it was heading for Bangkok Port with about 70 containers of cargoes on board.

The cause of the accident which happened  shortly  before midnight on Wednesday  was not immediately known but the Department of Marine and the Royal Thai Navy have floated warning bouys to mark  the sunken vessel and its sunken and floating containers   for safety navigation.

Four crew members of the cargo ship, named Pataranavi 6,  were safely rescued and no injuries were reported.

The Department of Marine has also set up an operation centre to salvage the floating containers.

12 Jun 2018
3:23 pm

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said today the world will see “a major change” after he and US President Donald Trump signed a “comprehensive” document outlining a commitment toward denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.

Speaking after his summit with Kim, Trump said he and the North Korean leader have developed “a very special bond” and promised to give details about the meeting and the document in a press conference in the afternoon.

Mr Trump said a turning point in US-North Korean relationship has been achieved.  “We’re both going to do something, and we’ve developed a very special bond…we’re going to take care of a very big and dangerous problem for the rest of the world,” he said adding   “It worked out far better for both of us than anybody could have expected,” he added.

Kim, meanwhile, described the summit as a “very historic meeting, overcoming our past history and embarking on a new beginning…the world will see a major change.”

11 Jun 2018
6:11 pm

Ahead of the historic summit between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday, a coalition of human rights organizations from around the world sent a letter to the communist leader, urging him to undertake “meaningful reforms” to reverse the grave human rights situation in the country, The Korea Herald reported.

 

Trump and Kim are due to hold talks — the first-ever between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader — in Singapore, with Trump describing the summit as a “one-time shot” at peace. Denuclearizing Pyongyang will top the agenda, while bringing a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War will also be on the table.

 

The paper said whether the issue of improving North Korea’s human rights situation will be discussed remains to be seen.

 

“As the UN Security Council has recognized, human rights abuses in North Korea and threats to international peace and security are intrinsically connected, so any security discussion needs to include human rights,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, on behalf of some 300 nongovernmental organizations, The Korea Herald reported.

 

“North Korea’s increased dialogue with other countries is a positive step, but before the world gets too excited they should remember that Kim Jong-un still presides over perhaps the most repressive system in the world.”

The letter was signed by 52 organizations, including coalitions representing more than 300 nongovernmental organizations from Asia, Latin America, Africa, Europe and North America.

 

Photo credit: www.koreaherald.com

11 Jun 2018
2:22 pm

Five men who were relatives and friends were shot dead in a home in Bannang Satar district of Yala in the early hours of Monday in what security authorities believed was the work of southern insurgents.

The massacre happened shortly after midnight at Tambon Tanorputeh in Bannang Satar district which was owned by Ibroheng Museh, 32, who was one of the victims.

Security authorities said all the five victims were shot in the heads and the bodies inside the living room of Ibroheng.

Police said the five persons, all men, were having talks in the room when a group of gunmen entered the house, and opened fire.

Killed were Ibroheng and his relatives and friends identified as Aranchai Dorheh, 26, Usman Yusor, 39, Furegon Raso, 25, and Ahama Museh, 33.

Security authorities suspected that the massacre might be the work of southern insurgents to blame government authorities in order to create public disorder before the end of the month of Ramadan.

11 Jun 2018
1:40 pm

US President Donald Trump today thanked Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for Singapore’s role in hosting his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un tomorrow.

“We have a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely. But we appreciate your hospitality and professionalism and your friendship. Thank you very much,” Trump told Mr Lee at the start of their working lunch.

Trump and Kim arrived in Singapore yesterday for the historical summit which is scheduled to start at 9 am Singapore time on Tuesday.

11 Jun 2018
11:10 am

North Korea’s state media KCNA reported this morning that its leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump will discuss a “permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism” on the Korean peninsula and denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

“Wide-ranging and profound views on the issue of establishing new DPRK-US relations, the issue of building a permanent and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula, the issue of realising the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and other issues of mutual concern, as required by the changed era, will be exchanged at the DPRK-US summit talks,” the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

The report in English also said Mr Kim is being accompanied by Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, Defence Minister No Kwang Chol and his sister Ms Kim Yo Jong.

KCNA noted that the summit, the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader, will take place “under the great attention and expectation of the whole world”.

11 Jun 2018
10:42 am

Veterinarians tried unsuccessfully to save a green sea turtle which beached ashore at Laem Chabang deep-sea port last week, but managed to keep it alive for just two days before it died apparently from plastic scraps in its stomach.

The green sea turtle was found on the beach of Laem Chabang port on June 4 and then it was sent to the Marine and Coastal Resources Research and Development Centre for emergency treatment.

Veterinarians at the centre spoon-fed the turtle with liquid food and medication for two days before it succumbed to its death.  They cut open its stomach to find out the cause of its death and found in its stomach a substantial amount of small plastic scraps such as plastic chords, plastic bags, fishing gear scraps and rubber band.

The vets said that the beast lost appetite because of the alien matters in its stomach, had low level of protein in its body and fluid in its stomach, culminating to heart failure.

On Sunday however another green turtle was found ensnared in a fish net in front of the beach of Dusit Thani Laguna hotel in Thalang district of Phuket.

The young turtle which weighs about 7.5 kgs was later sent to the research centre of the Marine and Coastal Resources Department for treatment.   The beast was found to have suffered from cuts on both sides of its fins, but the wounds were not serious.

Vets at the centre said they expected the turtle to be recovered in the next couple of days and could be returned to the sea.

10 Jun 2018
7:40 pm

People living in areas around the Chatree gold mine in Phichit province are expected to lodge a petition with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha when he visits Bung Seefai in Muang district of this northern province on Monday.

 

An informed source close to the villagers said Sunday that the villagers who have been affected by gold mining operations by Akaka Resources Public Company, a subsidiary of Australian mining corporation, Kingsgate, would voice their opposition to any attempt to allow the resumption of gold mining operations at the Chatree gold mine and to demand authorities concerned to address health and environmental problems caused to their communities and residents.

 

The prime minister plans to visit Phichit and a few other central provinces as part of his 4th mobile cabinet meeting.

 

The source further said that the villagers would also voice their objection against any attempt to allow gold explorations in 12 provinces countrywide, including Phichit, Phitsanuloke, Lop Buri, Loei, Satun, Sa Kaew, Surat Thani, Chanthaburi, Rayong, Saraburi, Nakhon Sawan and Petchabun.

The source also noted that a new problem had emerged after the Forest Department had demanded the return of land in Sak Lek district of Phichit occupied by about 1,000 households to be turned into forest.

 

Gold mining operations at Chatree gold mine has been suspended since January last year by an order issued by the prime minister by virtue of Section 44 of the interim Constitution to put an end of the conflict between the mining company and villagers living around the gold mine who charged that pollutants and hazardous substances had been leaked out of the mine, threatening their health and environment.

 

 Kingsgate filed a lawsuit against the Thai government with the international arbitration commission over what it alleged as unfair suspension of gold mining operations by Akaka Resources and the matter is now under arbitration proceedings.

 

10 Jun 2018
7:33 pm

Railway workers at Hua Lamphong railway terminal have been working since this morning (Sunday) to remove a derailed train carriage, to fix damaged rail tracks in order to restore normal train service.

In-bound and out-bound train service at Hua Lamphong train station has been suspended after a carriage of Bangkokp-Kaeng Khoi train Noo 342 derailed as it was approaching the station.

An official of the State Railway of Thailand the carriage derailed at the time when a mechanic shifted the rail track.  The derailed carriage tilted one side, blocking both in-bound and out-bound rail tracks.  There were three passengers in the derailed carriage, but none of them were hurt.

All trains leaving Hua Lamphong station were suspended and in-bound trains with destinations at Hua Lampohong were forced to stop at Bang Sue or Samsen stations to allow passengers to disembark as workers tried to fix the problem.

SRT originally estimated that the maintenance would take about three hours.

8 Jun 2018
2:34 pm

More isolated heavy to very heavy rain will hit all regions of the country from today until June 11 as a strong southwest monsoon prevails over the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand while a monsoon trough is lying across Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam, according to the latest announcement of the Meteorological Department.

Provinces to be affected on June 8-9 are:

– Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Nan, Phrae, Lamphun, Lampang, Tak, Kamphaeng Phet, Phichit and Phetchabun in the North;
– Nong Khai, Bung Kan, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Yasothon, Amnat Charoen and Ubon Ratchathani in the Northeast;
– Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chai Nat, Suphan Buri, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi and Phetchaburi in the Central;
– Chon Buri, Rayong Chanthaburi and Trat in the East; and,
– Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Ranong, Phangnga, Phuket and Krabi in the South.

Provinces to be affected on June 10-11 are:

– Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phayao, Nan, Phrae, Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Tak, Kamphaeng Phet, Phitsanulok, Phichit and Phetchabun in the North;
– Loei, Nong Bua Lamphu, Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Bung Kan, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Amnat Charoen and Ubon Ratchathani in the Northeast;
– Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chai Nat, Lop Buri, Saraburi, Suphan Buri, Kanchanaburi and Ratchaburi in the Central; and,
– Nakhon Nayok, Chachoengsao, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat in the East.

Waves in the Andaman Sea and the upper Gulf of Thailand from Surat Thani and northward are expected to be 2-3 metres high. All vessels are advised to proceed with caution while small boats to stay ashore during June 8-11.

People in coastal areas in the East and the South’s west coast are also advised to beware of storm surges.